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Cotton disagrees with TC brass on program's future

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Cards' coach resigns on Jan. 4.

By Bobby Brockman

The silence has been deafening. Although it was understood that Taylor County High School head football coach Curtis Cotton had met with the administration on Monday, Jan. 3 and had turned in his resignation on Tuesday, Jan. 4, it was not made public until the personnel report was released on Wednesday, Jan. 12.
“I was asked to resign because the administration disagrees with me on the direction I was taking the program,” Cotton said by e-mail on Thursday. “I moved my family here and bought a house, committing to Taylor County. So my current plan is to remain here.”
Rumors ran rampant even before the 2010 season was over that Cotton would not be back.
First, let me admit that although state and school policies may prohibit superintendents from hiring/firing teachers and coaches (site-based councils and principals do), I have no problem with superintendents doing such.
Supers are going to be the one getting the blame for failures and little credit for any successes. So, they should be the ultimate director.
And, in this case, like most others and most divorces, when something doesn’t work out, both sides deserve some of the blame.
Fact 1: Cotton’s style was a version of the “run and shoot,” which he had directed as offensive coordinator at Lexington Christian and the Cardinals did not have a returning quarterback with much experience.
Fact 2: No matter what offense was used, it’s not sure that any coach would have won more games on the field than did Cotton.
Other than the 20-19 Adair County loss in the season opener in Columbia, the Cardinals’ other eight setbacks were by an average of 43 points. Coaching probably can’t make up that much difference.
Fact 3: Take away 15 seasons (12 during a 15-year run from 1975 through 1989 plus 1998, 1999 and 2008) and Taylor County football has enjoyed very moderate success on the gridiron with losing records in 24 of 39 campaigns. (Eleven of those losing years have been seasons with three wins or less.)
Fact 4: It’s not going to become an easier job, especially with the new district realignment that includes Boyle County, Lexington Catholic, Marion County and Mercer County.
There’s not a simple solution to why Taylor County has had 18 losing years out of the last 21.
Maybe it’s this stupid sports editor since he’s been here since 1985, but it sure can’t be thrown at the feet of Curtis Cotton.
All this being known, here’s hoping that the next Cardinals’ head football coach gets more than one season and 10 games.
Taylor County High School
Cardinals’ head football coaches (1972-2010)
Richard Martin (1972-73)    4-15
Carter Bradshaw (1974-77)    24-21
Harry Reif (1978-82)    31-24
Bill Lindsey (1983-90)    47-42
Brad Todd (1991-2001)    46-72
Scott Franklin (2002-03)    8-14
Rodney Turpin (2004-09)    24-41
Curtis Cotton (2010)    1-9
39 seasons    185-238
TCHS football season-by-season

Year    record
1972    4-5
1973    0-10
1974    4-7
1975    7-4
1976    7-5
1977    6-5
1978    8-4
1979    4-6
1980    8-3
1981    5-6
1982    6-5
1983    6-5
1984    8-4
1985    4-7

1986    6-4
1987    8-4

1988    6-5
1989    7-4

1990    2-9
1991    4-7

1992    3-7
1993    4-6

1994    5-6
1995    2-8

1996    0-10
1997    3-7

1998    6-5
1999    11-3
2000    3-7
2001    5-6
2002    5-6
2003    3-8
2004    2-9
2005    1-9
2006    4-6
2007    5-6
2008    8-4
2009    4-7
2010    1-9
39 seasons
185-238